One of two Russian trans people loses his or her job for being trans

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Members and supporters of the LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) community take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg on May 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

In a study conducted by Russian group, Pravo Trans, employers were found to have been concerned that hiring a transgender person could cause issues during inspections. It also found that 62% of respondents did not even apply to jobs, 41% avoided seeing a doctor or using public health services and 34% opted out of going to school or university all because of fear surrounding discrimination.

In Russia it can take years to obtain legal gender recognition, as psychiatric evaluation and medical examination is required. Those applying for new documents must also prove they have had hormone replacement therapy before getting official documents. The drawn out process can create anxiety and hesitance for those looking into legal changing their gender.The study explains that the treatment they require to be legally recognised is expensive, which causes a vicious cycle because they struggle to get the legal documentation needed to reduce the chance of being rejected from jobs.

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